Charolais sale topper goes for €6k
A Tipperary livestock breeder scooped the cream of the trade at the Irish Charolais Cattle Society Show and Sale at Tullamore.
Exhibiting five bulls from his Kilvilcorris Charolais herd at Drom, Borrisoleigh, Matt Ryan showed four class rosette winners.
He picked up a first, second, third and fourth in different classes, and with the 'luck of the day' the bull that was not adorned with a rosette turned out to be the 'cream of the crop' when he topped the trade in the sales ring.
Mr Ryan took home €6,000 for Kilvilcorris Joe, bred in the herd out of Kilvilcorris Dapne by the sire, Prime Roberto, the highest price at the sale, purchased by Stephen Reilly, Creevy, Co Roscommon.
Mr Ryan received €3,700 for five star terminal and four star replacement, Kilvilcorris Lewis by the sire Doonally New out of Kilvilcorris Becka.
Overall Champion of the show was Terryville Leo, a January 2015 born bull bred and exhibited by Patsy Lynch, Terryrone, Moville, Lifford, Co Donegal. He was bred out of Terryville Holly by Thrunton Bonjovi and with five stars for both indices sold for €4,500.
The reserve championship was awarded by show judge, Martin Ryan of the very successful Goldstar Charolais Herd, to Clewbay 12 Julius Caeser, bred and exhibited by Charles J Hughes, Lankhill, Westport, Co Mayo who took first and second rosettes in the same class for the two bulls from the herd entered. The reserve champion is an Elgin Davinci progeny out of Clewbay Ena and sold for €4,000.
Society secretary Nuala Hourihane said the sale reflected a difficult season for breeders with demand for bulls falling short for the numbers being offered.
While 16 bulls sold for €3,000 or over in a steady trade, overall clearance was impacted by the scarcity of customers.
Matt and PJ Ryan, Drom, Borrisoleigh, with Kilvilcorris Lewis, winner of the class for bulls born March 15-April 18, 2015, sold for €3,700, one of four bulls from the herd which sold for a total of €15,150.
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